The Safety Benefits Of Metal Buildings

Posted by CDMG Team on Mar 26, 2019 1:59:57 PM

Although there's a laundry list of reasons why you should opt for a metal building, there is one benefit that stands out above the rest:

Safety.

Steel is widely recognized as one of the safest options for construction in part due to its natural strength and fire-resistant nature.

People are also discovering that metal buildings meet the highest standards when it comes to protection from the elements, natural disasters, and pest infestations.

Because of those reasons, steel is often used in high-rise and industrial buildings where safety is a top concern.

And if you needed any more convincing, there is a reason they call Superman, the most powerful superhero, The Man Of Steel.

Below we will talk about a few of the reasons why a metal building is your safest option.

A metal building will keep you safe from the elements

Protection From The Elements

If you want to build a building that will protect you from everything mother nature has to throw at you, wouldn't you want to use what storm shelters are made of?

Cities around the world use steel to build storm shelters that protect their citizens.

Or, how about building with a material that is used by the top aircraft industry professionals to house their multi-million dollar assets?

Steel again.

Steel does a great job at keeping the outside elements right where they belong - outside.

It protects you from the wind because it bends but doesn't break.

It can absorb more energy than less sturdy materials while not attracting any more lightning than other materials.

A steel building will even remain standing in Seismic Zone 4, the highest seismic classification. 

 

Flexibility

Steel is going to bend or deform when it's exposed to extreme pressures.

Other building materials are prone to sudden breaks and cracks.

A steel building will rarely collapse because it can flex in extreme wind or during an earthquake.

Steel buildings are designed to withstand a 160 mph sustained wind. Those are Cat 5 Hurricane speeds, and only three Cat 5 hurricanes have ever hit the U.S.

A metal building is also a no-brainer if you live in an area with high seismic rankings. 

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Durability

Even though it seems like a recent phenomenon, steel has been the preferred material for commercial buildings since the late 1800s.

Back then steel was recognized as an upgrade to cast iron, the material that was widely used then.

STeel is now the leading framing material for buildings and infrastructure in North America, with close to a 50% market share.

This is all due to its durability.

A steel building can help keep intruders away 

Protection From Break-Ins

If you're looking to construct a building in a less than safe area, a steel building is the way to go.

If you need to construct a warehouse or any type of building that will be protected from break-ins or intrusions, a metal building is the best choice.

Metal buildings can be built to meet your exact design and security specifications to provide maximum protection from vandals, thieves, and unwanted intruders. 

Check out our article The 6 Most Efficient Ways To Light Your New Metal Building to help keep your building and business safe. 

Fire Resistance

Steel is a fire-resistant material, so unlike in a wood building, a fire will spread slowly.

A conventional wood-frame building can be burnt to the ground with a single match, but steel is virtually flame retardant.

This is important no matter what your metal building will be used for.

No one wants their building and everything in it to perish in a fire.

Steel buildings don't attract lightning, but if lightning were to strike it, it gets transferred to the ground because of steels low resistivity.

So you don't have to worry about your building burning down due to a lightning strike either. 

Less Maintenance

The fact that steel buildings require less maintenance is often seen as a way to save time and reduce the stress of maintaining a facility.

While those things are true, it also makes your building safer.

Every building will have natural wear and tear, but less durable materials will deteriorate much faster than steel.

As those materials deteriorate, it will be harder to keep up with the maintenance schedule, leading to less structural integrity.

That will increase the chances of permanent and dangerous damage. 

Less Wear And Tear

Steel roofing panels, in particular, are designed to withstand daily wear and tear that will wreak havoc on traditional building materials.

The expenses related to re-roofing, siding repair, and exterior painting can cost building owners thousands of dollars every year.

And that's without taking water damage or pest infestations into account.

Your metal roof and side panels will come with a warranty of up to 40 years, ensuring that your structure remains safe, durable, and aesthetically appealing for decades.

 

Strength To Weight Ratio

Steel has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any material used in construction.

What that means is that steel components are stronger without the need to add much weight.

Steel buildings are about half the weight of a comparable wooden building because of its higher strength-to-weight ratio.

The versatility of steel makes construction easier and gives engineers more freedom to maximize its safety features.

This ratio makes steel an ideal choice in areas prone to tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.

 

Sustainability

As an added bonus, steel is the most recycled material in the world with more than 80 million tons of steel recycled annually.

The steel industry is also a leader in executing eco-friendly initiatives around the world.

That's incredible for the environment, but it also contributes to the safety of the material.

Steel is unique in that it can be recycled for numerous purposes without ever sacrificing its integrity, which contributes to the durability and long lifespan of a steel building.

 

Steel is Synonymous With Safety

No matter what type of building you need, steel is an extremely safe option.

Commercial or residential, you want your building to be durable, flexible, fire-resistant, safe from the elements, and safe from intruders.

You get all of that and more with a steel building.

The safety benefits it's just one of many things you can expect when you decide to construct your building with steel.

If you're in the market for a steel building, contact the folks at CDMG.

They have years and years of experience in the industry, and they'll get you set up with a building that is just right for you.

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